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Predictions For Betting On Orioles Rangers – Rangers Don’t Have Much Time To Recover Mentally From Collapse

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 10/4/2012 6:48:40 PM

The Texas Rangers won’t have much time to recover from one of the greatest divisional collapses in the history of the game. After conceding a 13-game lead in the American League West to the Oakland Athletics with three-straight losses to their division rivals in the final series culminating in being overtaken on the final day of the regular season, the Rangers now have to get back to work on Friday against a Baltimore Orioles’ team that has been clutch all year. The Orioles set the MLB record for one-run games with a 29-9 record this sports betting season, and come in to Texas with momentum on their side for the AL Wild Card game.

Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers
Friday October 5, 2012 – 8:30 PM ET
Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas
MLB Sportsbook Odds: Texas Rangers – 115

The Rangers haven’t exactly been great when the pressure is highest over the past couple of years, as the team seems to always find ways to lose even when they are in perfect position to win. Nobody has forgotten Texas’ collapse in last year’s World Series, and while they have the edge in experience heading in to this series, the experience of losing when the stakes were the highest was certainly not a good one.

MLB Betting Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore has yet to name its starter for the AL Wild Card game, and while whoever they decided to go with will have a tough time taming the Rangers’ explosive order, they do have the arms to get it done. Texas is destined to score at least a couple of runs though, so the key for the Orioles is answering with offense. Chris Davis had a six-game home run streak snapped on the final day of the regular season but has looked as good as any other player in the league over the past week. Baltimore has won a ton of close games all year, and the one thing for certain is they won’t fold under pressure.

MLB Betting Preview: Texas Rangers

The same cannot be guaranteed about a Texas team that has become known for late collapses, especially considering the fashion in which they have fallen of late. The Rangers led the final game of the regular season against Oakland by four runs in the fourth, but gave up six in the bottom half of that inning and were blanked the rest of the way in a 12-5 loss that conceded the division to the Athletics. On top of that, Texas will turn to Yu Darvish to start the one-game playoff and there is no guarantee he will be up to the challenge in his first playoff game. Darvish has struggled with inconsistency all season, and this will be his first online betting game against Baltimore.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

While the pitching matchup will be among the keys to the game, the bigger picture is about the two offenses and performing when the stakes are highest. There will be a ton of pressure on the Rangers at home following their late collapse, and with only two days to prepare they could be in tough against a talented Baltimore team that has nothing to lose.

MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles

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